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IT'S an aid scheme designed to help the hospitality industry get back on its feet, but Eat Out To Help Out is also benefitting families by cutting the cost of school meals. Dumfries and Galloway Council is one of 15 out of 32 Scottish local authorities who have signed up for the UK Treasury scheme. Eat Out To Help Out offers a 50pc discount on meals from Monday to Wednesday throughout August. The scheme was introduced by the UK Government to aid the hospitality industry as we inch along the roadmap out of Coronavirus lockdown. However It operates in schools as as well as restaurants and bars, by offering a 50pc discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum of £10 discount per customer. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has earmarked £500m to fund the policy, which was used more than 10million times in its first week. A typical saving for each school meal is around £1.50. Children eligible for free school meals are unaffected and the BBC reports some councils did not opt to get involved as 'the process was too complex in the available timescale."

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